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Green Party draft manifesto includes food waste ban to landfill - letsrecycle.com

Green Party draft manifesto includes food waste ban to landfill - letsrecycle.com | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
Green Party draft proposals for election manifesto include food waste ban to landfill and higher recycling target for 2020
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Interestingly, The Green Party are also considering a tax on disposable nappies (diapers). We of course would hope to see them consider promoting reusable nappies and investing in cleaning services (which would also create more job opportunities).

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Circular Economy Report: £140m Potential for Recycling Fish Food from Whiskey Wastes

Circular Economy Report: £140m Potential for Recycling Fish Food from Whiskey Wastes | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
A new report by the Green Alliance has found that there is a £140 million opportunity to recycle wastes from whiskey into fish feed in Scotland – among a number of other industrial and economic opportunities of moving to a more circular economy.
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Scotland seems to be leading the way for sustainability and the circular economy in the UK.

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Organics recyclers slam ‘short-sighted’ Labour food waste U-turn - letsrecycle.com

Organics recyclers slam ‘short-sighted’ Labour food waste U-turn - letsrecycle.com | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
Organics recycling sector disappointed with Labour decision to backtrack on food waste pledge
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Short-sited is a good way to describe these comments from the Labour party in the UK. Without a landfill ban on organics, landfills will reach capacity at a much higher rate, and there will be a great loss of opportunity in terms of new revenue streams and employment generated by a booming organics recycling sector.


“By encouraging the recycling of this material it provides investment and confidence in the sector, which is important. Labour should also be thinking beyond relatively small cost boundaries and looking at the environmental impacts.”

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Waste falls off political agenda in UK

Waste falls off political agenda in UK | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
It’s been a tough month for those in the waste sector. The party conferences fired the starting gun in the race to 10 Downing Street and yet waste and resource management was left on the sidelines, writes freelance writer David Burrows. Most telling perhaps was the failure of the environment secretary Liz Truss to even mention waste, recycling or resource management. Shadow environment secretary Maria Eagle also sidestepped environmental issues in favour of talking about food, farming and the countryside.
The Organic Stream's insight:

A good summation of the situation for England regarding zero waste, unfortunately with no silver lining at present. With the inquiry into waste management being conducted by the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee, perhaps solutions can be found to change the current course.

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UK Must Embrace Organic Waste to Hit Recycling Targets – ISWA Blog

UK Must Embrace Organic Waste to Hit Recycling Targets – ISWA Blog | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
ISWA President, David Newman argues that the UK must look at best practice for organic waste management if it is to significantly increase recycling rates.
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"Also, the dismissal by some speakers of the very idea of a landfill ban on organics, which has worked excellently in driving composting and AD elsewhere in Europe, shows the key limitations to non-market driven solutions to UK waste management thinking.  Yet everyone was concerned recycling rates in the UK have remained flat for the last three years at around 43%- without organic waste, it will be hard to improve this."

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Recycling hub to open at UK port.

Recycling hub to open at UK port. | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
SITA UK and Forth Ports Ltd. sign deal to build a recycling and resource management hub.
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"SITA UK, a subsidiary of France-based Suez Environnement, has signed a partnership agreement withForth Ports Limited, a large U.K.-based port group. The partnership will be charged with creating a major recycling and resource management hub based at the Port of Tilbury on the River Thames in the U.K."

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UK Waste & Resources Industry writes to government over waste infrastructure ‘gap’

UK Waste & Resources Industry writes to government over waste infrastructure ‘gap’ | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it

"An industry group comprising members of the waste and resources industry – predominantly those that operate waste treatment facilities – has written to government highlighting the need for investment in waste treatment infrastructure in the UK."

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"However, critics, including anti-incineration campaigners UK Without Incineration (UK WIN), have argued that the GIB report seems to ‘seriously underestimate’ the capacity that currently exists/is under construction, whilst ‘significantly overestimating the quantities of residual waste that would require treatment’. Environmental consultancy Eunomia has also recently published evidence showing that the UK could soon have treatment 'overcapacity.’"

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Uk Environment Minister confirms waste management measure will be published in June, is wary of incineration

Uk Environment Minister confirms waste management measure will be published in June, is wary of incineration | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
Higher recycling targets 'out in June'
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‘We should avoid over investment in incineration to the extent that it inhibits progress to further recycling and waste reduction because once built, as you mentioned yourself, they need to be fed with waste for many decades and in a way we could be locked in’


This is exactly the danger with incineration. For example, as we speak about in Lesson 2 of our free online course, Sweden has to import waste from other countries like Italy and Norway in order to feed its incinerators, because they are under pressure to keep it going and make a profit. Denmark imports waste from Ireland for the same purpose.


This is no way to run a sustainable waste management system!

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Ian McAulay – “Government Departments Are Contradicting Each Other”

Ian McAulay – “Government Departments Are Contradicting Each Other” | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
Viridor’s chief executive, Ian McAulay, has said that in some respects departments in government are contradicting each other, saying the demand for high quality materials but low commodity prices ...
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Ian McAulay supporting the idea of including extended producer responsibility as part of the new circular economy package in Europe.


“The current situation is one where predominantly products are put into market and one where consumers pay for product disposal, either directly or through their taxes. This is extremely inefficient and the incentives are all wrong – we are not talking about zero value waste but about negative value waste… Extended producer responsibility will reverse this situation… and it will generate the information, the incentives and the investment required to stop material becoming waste. And I believe that is what a circular economy requires.”

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Peterborough (UK) charity calls for ‘zero waste’

Peterborough (UK) charity calls for ‘zero waste’ | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
An independent Peterborough charity has called for “long-term behaviour change” with regards to how residents dispose of their waste.
The Organic Stream's insight:

A positive story from the UK: "The Peterborough Environment City Trust is looking to push the city towards establishing itself as the UK’s environment capital."


Great to see Peterborough focusing on Zero Waste as a way to improve their city and the quality of life for their inhabitants.



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More communication needed on recycling | Resource Magazine

More communication needed on recycling | Resource Magazine | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
Around a quarter of UK householders are ‘highly effective’ recyclers but the majority are still confused over what can and cannot be recycled, a new WRAP report has found.
The Organic Stream's insight:

Very interesting article exploring the behaviours of residents when it comes to recycling - and the findings clearly demonstrate the need for communication as a significant proportion of residents were unsure or not at all confident about what they can recycle (79% unsure whether food waste could be recycled!).

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This is Rubbish uses drama to prevent food waste | Resource Magazine

This is Rubbish uses drama to prevent food waste | Resource Magazine | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
This is Rubbish’s Edible Education project to use theatrical performances to help prevent food waste.
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An example of food waste outreach and education that thinks outside the box.

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Lichfield and Tamworth stop collecting food waste.

Lichfield and Tamworth stop collecting food waste. | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
Lichfield District Council and Tamworth Borough Council stop accepting food waste in organics bins due to costs.
The Organic Stream's insight:

Bad news from the UK. Only 20% of people used their compost bins, therefore the council decided it was not a cost effective option. 20% participation rate is quite low - perhaps there were possibilities to increase the numbers?


Most worryingly, the council is advising people to wrap their food waste in newspaper or additional bin bags in order to combat odour and maggots. 

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‘Change needed’ or England will miss 2020 recycling target

‘Change needed’ or England will miss 2020 recycling target | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it

"England will likely miss meeting the EU’s 50 per cent recycling target by 2020 unless changes are made, Dr Liz Goodwin, the Chief Executive Officer of the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP), has warned."

The Organic Stream's insight:

"Although Goodwin acknowledges that this call to arms comes at a time when local authorities and central government are ’under extreme budgetary pressure’, she argues providing recycling services in ‘the right way’ can offset collection costs and reduce landfill tax bills, and that it is important to ‘recognise the increasing role that recycled materials play in the economy’."


We agree and would add that resource recovery holds great potential for creating local jobs for communities - another very important benefit.

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Materials Facility regulations pose significant challenges | Resource magazine | The best daily news and features in recycling

Materials Facility regulations pose significant challenges | Resource magazine | The best daily news and features in recycling | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
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Debate about the new regulations for recycling facilities in the UK:


"The introduction of mandatory sampling for MFs will force changes to recycling communications, as well as present health and safety challenges at materials recovery facilities, attendees heard."

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Defra considers stricter organics recycling requirements - Materials Recycling World

Defra considers stricter organics recycling requirements - Materials Recycling World | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
Defra considers stricter organics recycling requirements Materials Recycling World Colin Church (left), Defra's director of resource, atmosphere and sustainability, speaking exclusively to MRW, said he was weighing up whether organic material...

Via James Lloyd
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Very important news for the UK.

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